On This Day

What Happened on October 1, 1956

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • American jockey Johnny Heckmann becomes first to ride 7 winners at Hawthorne Race Course at Stickney/Cicero near Chicago, Illinois
  • Zestienhoven airport at Rotterdam official opens

Famous Birthdays

  • Gina Haspel, American intelligence officer, First female director of the US CIA, born in Ashland, Kentucky
  • Leslie Burr-Howard, American equestrian rider (Olympic gold show jumping, team 1984), born in Union, New Jersey

Person of interestTheresa May

Theresa May, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 2016-), born in Eastbourne, England

British Prime Minister Theresa May
British Prime Minister
Theresa May

Famous Deaths

  • Stan Ockers, Belgian road cyclist (World road champion 1955; Tour de France runner-up 1950, 52), dies in track cycling accident at 36